The American Way of Death

Unsafe at Any Speed: The Designed-in Dangers of the American Automobile by Ralph Nader

Safety Last: An Indictment of the Auto Industry by Jeffrey O'Connell and Arthur Myers

All For Love

The Uncompromising Heart: A Life of Marie Mancini by Françoise Mallet-Joris, translated by Patrick O'Brien

Making It New

Beautiful Losers by Leonard Cohen

Hopscotch by Julio Cortázar, translated by Gregory Rabassa

The Soft Machine by William S. Burroughs

Farmer Khrushchev

Conflict and Decision-Making in Soviet Russia: A Case Study of Agricultural Policy, 1953-1963 by Sidney Ploss

The Soviet Economy Since Stalin by Harry Schwartz

Private Fortunes

The Beginners by Dan Jacobson

Tenants of the House by Heather Ross Miller

Black Light by Galway Kinnell

The Old Man at the Railroad Crossing and Other Tales by William Maxwell


Bernard Bergonzi is Emeritus Professor of English at the University of Warwick.

Denis Donoghue is Emeritus University Professor of English and American Letters at NYU. (April 2016)

Richard Ellmann (1918–1987) was an American critic and biographer. He taught at Northwestern, Oxford and Emory, where he was named Robert W. Professor in 1980. He won the National Book Award for Nonfiction for James Joycein 1959; a revised edition was awarded the James Tate Black Memorial Prize in 1982.

Elizabeth Hardwick (1916–2007) was born in Lexington, Kentucky, and educated at the University of Kentucky and Columbia University. A recipient of a Gold Medal from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, she is the author of three novels, a biography of Herman Melville, and four collections of essays. She was a co-founder and advisory editor of The New York Review of Books and contributed more than one hundred reviews, articles, reflections, and letters to the magazine. NYRB Classics publishes Sleepless Nights, a novel, and Seduction and Betrayal, a study of women in literature.

Nancy Mitford (1904–1973) was born into the British aristocracy and, by her own account, brought up without an education, except in riding and French. She managed a London bookshop during the Second World War, then moved to Paris, where she began to write her celebrated and successful novels, among them The Pursuit of Love and Love in a Cold Climate, about the foibles of the English upper class. Mitford was also the author of four biographies: Madame de Pompadour (1954), Voltaire in Love (1957), The Sun King (1966), and Frederick the Great (1970)—all available as NYRB classics. In 1967 Mitford moved from Paris to Versailles, where she lived until her death from Hodgkin’s disease.

Vladimir Nabokov was the author of Lolita, Pale Fire, Pnin, Ada, and many other novels. He died in 1977.

John Thompson is an English sociologist. He has published several studies of the media and communication in modern societies, including The Media and Modernity: A Social Theory of the Mediaand Political Scandal: Power and Visibility in the Media Age.